Living Cities is a national non-profit organization that regularly hosts convenings as a part of their work to address the challenge of people living in poverty in urban settings. Recognizing their established reputation as a convener and builder of networks among urban government professionals, Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2015 tapped Living Cities to organize and host three convenings a year for their Innovation Teams (i-teams). Living Cities does not employ any meeting or event professionals and approached Dufour & Co with a challenge: the organization was fully capable of the content delivery required for these convenings but the logistics of planning each event were burning out their staff and increasing turnover rates. Dufour & Co was hired to collaborate with Living Cities on the design of the agenda for the three i-teams convenings, each with approximately 100 attendees.
Dufour & Co quickly integrated our team with the Living Cities team to select a venue and design a convening agenda that would allow attendees to experience firsthand the progress made in the host city. Tasked with “getting out of the hotel” and really seeing the host city while balancing a content-heavy schedule, we successfully planned and executed custom designed tours of the host city’s innovation projects, two off-site meals at local restaurants and an entire session built around one of the city’s most iconic historic sites. We were able to increase the production value of the convening and allow the Living Cities staff to fully focus on content delivery, improving the overall outcome of the convening. Dufour & Co was also enlisted to produce Living Cities 25th Anniversary Convening in Washington, DC.
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